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Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument enjoys. Before he hit the scene, jazz groups had little use for the instrument. One player (forgot who) said, “with all due respect to Adolph Sax, Coleman Hawkins invented the saxophone.” Hawkins, or “Bean”, as he was known as, started playing cello at a young age before switching to the saxophone. He was a lifelong listener of classical music, and as a result, his knowledge of music theory was far ahead of his peers. Whereas Louis Armstrong improvised his solos based on the melody, Hawkins based his on the harmony and had a strong sense of rhythm.

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Albums

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Hawkins! Eldridge!...
Sound Grammar
2012
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Kind Of Hawkins
Sound Grammar
2011
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Three Classic Albums...
Sound Grammar
2011
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Today And Now /...
Sound Grammar
2011
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The High and Mighty Hawk
The High and Mighty...
Poll Winners Records
2010
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Live In '62 & '64
Sound Grammar
2009
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